Studying Medicine and being a doctor in Spain

Joaquín García-Estañ
2018 MedEdPublish  
In Spain, and probably around the world, the degree of Medicine is one of the most appreciated studies by the students. Not only the influence of job prospects, better than in other University careers, but also the study of a scientific career with many specialization areas or the joy felt by doctors when they manage to help a very sick patient, are some reasons to undertake the adventure to become a doctor. Since the demand to study Medicine is so high, it is not strange that most people with
more » ... nterest stay out of the process, since, at least in Spain, only the high school students with the best records are able to enter into a School of Medicine. But becoming a doctor is more than the study of a University Degree for 6 years. They need also a postgraduate specialization (MIR), in Hospitals of the National Health System, as a necessary step in order to be able to practice Medicine, either in public or private institutions. However, this road is not free from problems since there has been a decrease in the number of MIR specialization places offered without a similar reduction in the number of undergraduate positions. Moreover, the number of medical schools has not stopped growing and places Spain as one of the countries with the highest ratio of Medical Schools per inhabitant. This situation can lead to a scenario similar to that experienced in the 80s and 90s, where we witnessed an increase in the number of Specialist Physicians without Official Title (called MESTOS). As of November 2018, around 4,000 medical graduates cannot access specialized health training and may be forced into unemployment or emigration.
doi:10.15694/mep.2018.0000276.1 fatcat:3perkba3jbev5jphy5zaehhfci